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Gender Barriers Faced by African Women in Graduate Programmes and Research in the Social Sciences

"This scoping study begins with a brief description of the state of universities in Africa, highlighting some current problems and challenges. Section II undertakes a review of literature about the role and status of female students and faculty me...

Features, Governance Characteristics, and Policy Implications of Non-State Social Protection in Africa

"The presence of non-state actors in social protection is generally acknowledged in research and policy literature. However, who these actors are, what services they provide and for whom, the number of people assisted and the interaction, if any,...

Scoping Study of Capacity Building, Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships and Training

The purpose of this study is to provide an assessment of the current scale of capacity building support for graduate research and training in the social sciences in Africa generally, but particularly in PASGR’s initial six focus countries (Ghana, ...

Governance, Accountability and Effective Basic Service Delivery in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s Post-War development is normatively and politically hinged on a signpost of good governance. Almost all the governance related strategies and public policy documents articulate the consequences of bad governance. Most of these polic...

Accountability and Performance of Government Agencies in the Delivery of Water, Education and Road Services in Nigeria

"Public service delivery in Nigeria is bedevilled with governance crisis especially in the education, water and road sectors in spite of alternative channels being developed to deliver services for the achievement of the Millennium Development Go...

Think Tank-University Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Synthesis Report on 10 Country Sudies

"Knowledge has become the driving force in current economy and the essential source of competitive advantage. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), there are a number of players involved in knowledge production and dissemination mainly through training and...

Social Protection in Africa: A Review of Social Protection Issues in Research: Policy and Programming Trends and Key Governance Issues in Social Protection

"The last decade has seen social protection gaining centrality in the development agenda of many African countries. Several factors explain this heightened interest. Firstly, despite evidence of considerable economic growth across the continent, ...

A Political Economy Analysis of Social Protection Programmes in Botswana

"This study seeks to establish whether socio-economic, historical, political and institutional factors and actors support the drive or resistance to the SP policy and programmes, and whether this has any implications on its sustainability. A mixed...

Capacity Building for Research Leadership:The Need, Support and Strategies for Growing African Research Leaders

"A robust social science and policy research capacity in Africa is essential to rigorous basic and applied research in the quest for solutions to the region’s development challenges. Building a strong research capacity means creating supportive in...

Mapping of Studies on Employment Creation of Agriculture and Agro-processing in Kenya Final Report

"Agriculture is the engine of growth in Kenya. The sector contributes 26 percent to the Gross Domestic Product and 60 percent of the formal wage employment in the public and private sectors. Growth in the sector has been modest at an annual averag...

UTAFITI SERA (Policy Research Community) 1st Forum on Wage Employment Creation in Agriculture and Agro-processing in the Context of Inclusive Growth

"Despite high levels of economic growth in many African countries, the continent’s wage employment figures remain low. This pattern of jobless growth makes a dent on the dictum ‘Africa rising’ as growth has not been inclusive. Growth is inclusive ...

Concepts ans Methods for Research in Governance

"This paper provides a landscape view of concepts and methods commonly used – or with high potential for use - in the study of African governance. It draws on both Africanist and non-Africanist literature, and, consistent with the Terms of Referen...

Understanding the Characteristics and Governance Structures of Non-State Social Protection Programmes in Ghana: A Case Study of Work-Based Associations in Winneba and Cape Coast

"Most people in Africa are vulnerable to all the life shocks associated with poverty, and social protection systems are now deemed integral to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in health, food security, education, she...

Non-State Social Protection in Ethiopia: Characteristics,Governance and Policy Relevance

"Non-state actors (NSAs) in Ethiopia play a vital role in providing social protection services to address poverty, inequality and vulnerabilities affecting livelihood. However, information about them, an essential component in planning, is scarce ...

The Role of Governance in the Performance of Non-State Social Protection Services in Senegal

"The Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP, 2010) that Senegal created outlines social protection as being pivotal, both in terms of creating sustainable growth in the economy as well as leading to the alleviation of poverty. A major concern is t...

Governance and Public Service Delivery: The Case of Water Supply and Road Services Delivery in Addis Ababa and Hawasa Cities, Ehtiopia

"The objectives of the study were to: i) explore the governance and delivery of public services in water and roads services in Addis Ababa and Hawassa; ii) assess the capacities of water supply and roads agencies to effectively deliver services; i...

Non-State Actors in Social Protection Services: Overview

"One of the most comprehensive studies of non-State social protection services in Africa reveals that more help can be delivered to more people in more places – with existing resources. To do this policy needs to recognise, harness and integrate ...

The Role of Community-Based Organisations (in Social protection)

"State social protection services cover less than 10% of the population in many African countries. Non-State actors (NSAs) have stepped in to fill the void – especially small self-help groups which are more numerous, more active, and cumulatively ...

Governance in Social Protection

"Independent studies of non-State social protection services in six African countries unanimously conclude that informal systems based on mutual trust often achieve equal or more effective governance than highly regulated operations. Almost entir...

Accountability in Social Protection

"Recent governance analysis of 4,114 non- State actors of different sizes in social protection services in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda reveals that small groups tend to be highly accountable despite their lack of docum...

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